Mario Balotelli has angered Liverpool fans by congratulating his former teammate Raheem Sterling on Twitter after the England international scored on his first appearance for Manchester City on Tuesday.
Sterling scored less than three minutes into his first appearance for City, against AS Roma in Australia, slotting home after being played through on goal by Kelechi Iheanacho.
A couple of hours later, Balotelli congratulated the 20-year-old winger and defended his own actions after the club’s supporters responded with hundreds of angry replies.
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Balotelli is far from the most popular figure at Anfield following a hugely disappointing debut season with the Reds, which saw him score a paltry four goals in 28 appearances, and the 24-year-old has done himself no favours with this latest tweet.
“Well done @sterling31!” Balotelli tweeted, “Best answer. Keep it up.”
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Balotelli defends his tweet - with more tweets
Minutes later, following a string of abusive comments, the Italy international sent the following tweets.
“Liverpool fans are amazing but i hope@sterling31 will play at his best because he deserve it.He s a good guy young and talented…..”
“....support him Like you always did .He gave everything to this club and respect it so im sad to see this.YNWA ,Liverpool is a family ALWAYS”
Liverpool fans furious with Sterling
Liverpool fans are still infuriated by Sterling’s decision to leave Anfield for Manchester City this summer, even though the Reds managed to sell the youngster for a massive £49 million transfer fee.
Many feel Sterling has left Liverpool for financial reasons, rather than a desire to further his career and win more trophies.
Sterling was also criticised by a host of high-profile former Liverpool players, including both Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard, before sealing his big-money move to the Etihad Stadium.
Sterling admitted in an interview with Fox Sports in Australia at the weekend that he is disappointed with the acrimonious manner of his Liverpool exit, but wished his former employers all the best for the upcoming season.
"I was a bit disappointed how I left," he said, ahead of Manchester City's 1-0 friendly victory against Melbourne City. "That was the main problem I've had with the situation - how I've left it with Liverpool.
"I'm good with everyone at the football club, the manager, the players and I wish them well for the new season.
"But it was really disappointing how it did finish off."
Liverpool fans now furious with Balotelli too
As for Balotelli, well… here are a selection of the few printable tweets from Liverpool supporters.
Liverpool fans: are you angry with Mario Balotelli for his latest tweet? Should he be sold this summer? Have your say in the comments below!